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How many parents are tired of hearing, “What’s that green stuff” or “I don’t like it?” It seems we have a better chance of getting our children to eat snacks loaded with refined sugar and preservatives than natural fruits or vegetables. Who can blame the kids though?

The effectiveness of guerilla marketing and the unrelenting presence of corporate food advertising have caused our children’s minds to be occupied with an unnatural desire for unhealthy snacks and beverages. Eating habits are learned behaviors, so when we feed their desires by giving them the unhealthy snacks they want, we teach them poor eating habits that will stick with them into adulthood.

This incites the question—how do we get our children to choose to eat foods they believe are gross, over the tasty sugar and salt filled snacks their little hearts desire? We give them something that is fun, sweet and tasty, just like they want, but made with natural sugars and fruit.

Fresh fruit ice pops are a delicious alternative to refined sugar-filled ice pops and fudgesicles. These simple recipes pack powerful flavor without the preservatives. The best part is you can make them at home. Just in time for summer, check out our list of healthy fruit ice pop recipes!

Fruit Salad Pops

Caption: Image www.marthastewart.com Source: Everyday Food 2011

Ingredients:

  • 1 peach, cut into 1/2-inch slices (1/2 cup)
  • 2 kiwifruits, peeled and sliced into 1/4-inch rounds
  • 3 ounces blueberries (1/2 cup)
  • 4 ounces strawberries hulled and halved (3/4 cup)
  • 1 1/2 to 2 cups 100 percent white-grape juice

Directions:

Arrange a variety of each fruit in eight 3-ounce ice pop molds, making sure fruit pieces fit very snugly. Pour enough juice into each mold to cover fruit. Insert ice-pop sticks and freeze until solid, 6 hours (or up to 2 weeks).

Recipe courtesy of www.marthastewart.com

Honey-Cherry Yogurt Popsicles

Caption: Image by www.rachaelrayshow.com

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup coarsely chopped pitted cherries (thawed, if frozen)
  • 1/2 cup honey
  • 1 cup plain Greek-style Yogurt

Directions:

Mix the yogurt and honey until combined. Stir in cherries. Divide among 6 ice pop molds. Freeze at least 4 hours, or until completely solid.

Recipe courtesy of www.rachaelrayshow.com

Creamy Raspberry Ice Pops

Caption: Image by www.allrecipes.com  Author: TicklingYourTastebuds

Ingredients:

  • 1 cup fat free milk
  • 1 (1 ounce) package instant sugar-free vanilla pudding mix
  • 1/2 cup fat free milk
  • 1 cup fresh raspberries
  • 2 cups raspberry sherbet, softened
  • 2 cups reduced-fat frozen whipped topping, thawed

Directions: 

1. Pour 1 cup milk into a bowl, and stir in pudding mix. Beat with an electric mixer about 2 minutes until thickened. Place the remaining milk and raspberries into a blender and puree until smooth.

2. Pour the raspberry puree into the pudding, and add whipped topping. Stir together until incorporated. Stir in the softened sherbet. You may either mix it in completely, or leave it swirled.

3. Divide this mixture evenly among 10 ice pop molds or small plastic cups. Place a wooden craft stick into each, and freeze for at least 3 hours.

Recipe courtesy of TicklingYourTastbuds on www.allrecipes.com

Start creating healthy eating habits for your kids this summer. These fruit ice pops are a healthy and delicious substitute for you children’s typical salty snacks. If you have any other fun and tasty recipes, we’d love to have you share them in the comment section below!

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Comment by Ashley Owen on July 8, 2015 at 3:22pm

Yummy!!!! I am so trying this for my little ones & for myself!

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